Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

About Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI)

The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) has been established under Food Safety and Standards, 2006 which consolidates various acts & orders that have
hitherto handled food related issues in various Ministries and Departments. FSSAI has been
created for laying down science-based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import to ensure availability of safe and
wholesome food for human consumption.
Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) is an autonomous body established under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India. The FSSAI has been established under the Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006. The authority also has 8 regional offices located in Delhi, Guwahati, Mumbai, Kolkata, Cochin, Lucknow, Chandigarh and Chennai. It has 19 referral laboratories notified by FSSAI, 88 State/UT laboratories located throughout India and 172 laboratories are NABL accredited private laboratories notified by FSSAI.
● FSSAI Abbreviation- Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
● FSSAI Headquarter- New Delhi
● FSSAI Chairperson- Rita Teaotia
● FSSAI Chief Executive Officer (CEO) – Arun Singhal
● Formation Date of FSSAI- August 2011
● FSSAI published four books- The Yellow Book, The Orange Book, The Purple Book, The Pink Book
FSSAI was established by Former Union Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss, Government of India on 5 August 2011 under Food Safety and Standards Act, 2006 which was
operationalized in year 2006. The FSSAI consists of a chairperson & 22 members. The
FSSAI is responsible for setting standards for food so that there is one body to deal with and
no confusion in the minds of consumers, traders, manufacturers, and investors. Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry of Food
Safety and Standards Authority of India.
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, Government of India is the Administrative Ministry for the implementation of FSSAI. The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) have already been appointed by Government of India. The Chairperson is in the rank of Secretary to Government of India.
Section 4: Establishment of Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
(1) The Central Government shall, by notification, establish a body to be known as the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India.
(2) The Food Authority shall be a body corporate by the name aforesaid, having perpetual succession and a seal with power to acquire, hold and dispose of property.
(3) The head office of the Food Authority shall be at Delhi.
(4) The Food Authority may establish its offices at any other place in India (Cochin,
Chennai, Kolkata, Mumbai, and Guwahati).The Food Safety and Standards Authority of India
(FSSAI) was established in 2008 under the aegis of the Ministry of Health and Family
Welfare with the mandate for laying down science based standards for articles of food and to regulate their manufacture, storage, distribution, sale and import, to ensure availability of safe and wholesome food for human consumption and for matters connected therewith or incidental thereto to enforce the provisions of the FSS Act.
At the Apex level there is Food Authority which is a single reference point for all matters related to food safety and standards in the country. The Food Authority is assisted by Scientific Committees and Panels in setting standards and the Central Advisory Committee in coordinating with enforcement agencies. The Food Authority guides and regulates all persons engaged in manufacturing, processing, import transportation, storage, distribution and retail of food, on issues of food safety and nutrition with primary responsibility for enforcement largely with the State Food Safety Commissioners. The Chairperson and Chief Executive Officer of FSSAI are appointed by the Central Government.

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